OA-8 Scrubbed for Nov. 11; Next Attempt Nov. 12

The launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft has scrubbed for Saturday after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad. The next launch attempt is set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:14 a.m. EST.

Credit: NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

39 thoughts on “OA-8 Scrubbed for Nov. 11; Next Attempt Nov. 12”

    1. It was a little disappointed but I understand why you had to postpone it. But I will be up to watch the rocket launch Tommrrow morning on your live stream.

    2. Agreed. His cruise thru area was too coincidental. His license should be pulled and he should be fined whatever it has cost to postpone. And if Sunday’s weather causes a scrub, he should be fined that amount too. It is always the pilot’s responsibility to know of all restricted airspace.

  1. A boat and now a plane scrubbing a launch and costing millions. What’s wrong with these people. Are they being prosecuted?

    1. NOTAMs are issued. Plus you would think that anyone interested enough in aviation to get a pilot’s ticket would just know better than to violate the range. I hope the FAA pulls his ticket!

    1. I can see most rocket launches from my backyard in York County Virginia… I saw three commercial aircraft flying over the launch area thinking maybe one of those was the launch rocket but they were definitely already underway at around 32.000 feet… I thought to myself that seems to be kind of odd aircraft flying in the area and a rocket launch the same time somebody goofed that one up… Cost NASA thousands of dollars to scrub a launch.

  2. Wait till the plane passed then launch.they had a 5 min window and they scrubbed before 5 mins was up.Somebody is probably making money off this.

    1. The window is 5 minutes, but there are a number of trajectories that have to used depending on when in the window it is launched. The problem is, the exact one they use has to be loaded by something like T-3 minutes. Once that is decided and loaded you are locked into that time. There’s no way they had time to load a new trajectory inside T-1 minute.

  3. I can see most rocket launches from my backyard in York County Virginia… I saw three commercial aircraft flying over the launch area thinking maybe one of those was the launch rocket but they were definitely already underway at around 32.000 feet… I thought to myself that seems to be kind of odd aircraft flying in the area and a rocket launch the same time somebody goofed that one up… Cost NASA thousands of dollars to scrub a launch

  4. I can’t see most rocket launches… standing in my backyard … I saw the commercial aircraft flying over the launch area… And I thought to myself this can’t be right… Somebody goofed up costing NASA thousands of dollars to scrub… need to communicate with each other a little better… Could have been a tragedy… Just think a commercial aircraft getting blown out of the sky buy a NASA rocket…

  5. Outside on the front lawn with my family in Columbia, SC, with a crystal clear sky,shivering in the cold awaiting liftoff of this OA-8 mission and then we hear they have to abort for a plane flying over……what a letdown . Hopefully, tomorrow will be a go all the way through liftoff!

  6. No TFR was issued. Pilots don’t know about the launch. I didn’t know until I heard about it on the radio this morning on my way to work and my job is to tell pilots about these kind of things. AND no TFR has been issued for the 12th; however, an obscure Washington Center airspace NOTAM has been issued but is dated for THE 13TH!

  7. It would have been a nice gesture to have a successful launch on Veteran’s Day. Better luck tomorrow.

  8. Where should the pilot have found the necessary information on the restrictions? Was there a published NOTAM or published TFR?

    1. Susan
      Pilots can call Flight Service for a briefing and get TFRS (Temporary Flight Restrictions) and NOTAM (NOtice To AirMen) And also find them online. There is a difference between published (in an actual paper book) and unpublished (just online) It takes a while (every 4 weeks) for Notice To Airmen Publication to be issued and information added is usually long term (ex. Runway closure for resurfacing) TFRs are usually unpublished because the need of immediate disseminate. Published TFR are not really temporary but still happen (Trump tower in Manhattan) this is probably more info than you needed or wanted but I hope it helps.

  9. A TFR needs to be issued. No TFR was issued. Pilots don’t know about the launch. I didn’t know until I heard about it on the radio this morning on my way to work and my job is to tell pilots about these kind of things. AND no TFR has been issued for the 12th; however, an obscure Washington Center airspace NOTAM has been issued but is dated for THE 13TH!

  10. I must say, NASA what happened this morning was amateur. I mean a six grade science class can launch a rocket. How in the heck is the airspace not restricted and closed to commercial aircraft? This is bush league. I am being offered a job by nasa at wallops island. But after seeing the stupidity that goes on there, i will be passing on this opportunity.

  11. how much time was the launch window? 5 minutes is not true usually they have hours launch window. But they have to scrap today launch if there is an interfrance by the airplane. Tomorrow the last chance.

  12. It is always exciting to see a rocket launched into outer space. When I was born, NONE OF THIS, repeat, NONE OF THIS existed. When I was in my 20’s I remember the Soviets launching rockets towards the Moon in 1959 and as of 2017, today, EVERY SINGLE PLANET in our Solar System has been “visited” in my lifetime. WOW! What a time in mankind’s history to be alive and experiencing these historic events! Maybe I’ll have a “flying ” car, like in the Jetsons, before I “leave” this world(on my way to Clavius, like Dr. Floyd). I’m just saying. :^[} GO NASA !

  13. No one can intentionally screw up this bad. These planes where in the no fly zone for a purpose. We are not privileged to the information that posponded the launch

  14. All was just for training purposes. A country as educated as ours drops the ball. No way. If this was the case our country would have been invaded years ago. If this is the case I am going to relocate. Why pay taxes and put up with a incompetent system.

  15. 3.5 hour drive to watch the launch…. standing in the cold. It was a sad morning and ride home. Glad no one got hurt! Not sure I will make the trip next time.

  16. Pilots can call Flight Service for a briefing and get TFRS (Temporary Flight Restrictions) and NOTAM (NOtice To AirMen) And also find them online. There is a difference between published (in an actual paper book) and unpublished (just online) It takes a while (every 4 weeks) for the Notice To Airmen Publication (NTAP) to be issued and information added is usually long term (ex. Runway closure for resurfacing) TFRs are usually unpublished because the need of immediate dissemination . Published TFR are not really temporary but still happen (Trump tower in Manhattan)

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